Digital Switchover

Digital Switchover - Digital UKWhat is digital switchover?

Starting in 2008 and ending in 2012, TV services in the UK will go completely digital. This process is called digital switchover. The UK’s old television broadcasting signal (known as “analogue”) is being switched off and replaced with a digital signal. Any TV set that’s not changed to digital when the switchover takes place will no longer receive TV programmes.

What are the benfits of Digital TV?

Compared to “analogue” TV, you can enjoy:

– Extra TV channels as standard
– Subscription channels
– Improved quality picture and sound
– New features including on screen programme listings, widescreen picture and red-button interactive
– Access services for those people with visual and hearing impairments

What options do I have?

To ensure you continue to receive TV programmes after the digital switchover, you must have one of the following television services:

– Digital TV through an aerial (*Freeview)
– Digital TV through a satellite (Freesat, Sky)
– Digital TV through a cable (VirginMedia)

*If your television was purchased within the last few years you might already have Freeview built-in. The “Digital” logo should be visable somewhere on your television.

When is it taking place?

The process of switchover will take place between 2008 and 2012, depending on TV region. The process is extremely complicated and needs to be done in stages. The map below shows when digital switchover in your area will take place.

Digital TV Map

Where can I find out more?

The official Digital TV Switchover website provides all the information you could possibly need.